North High School Wall of Honor
William Rex Dunning
Class of June, 1946
William Rex Dunning
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
William Rex Dunning
Bill graduated in the June, 1946 North High Class. His next of kin was shown as Mr. and Mrs. Rex Paul Dunning, 1234 7th Street, Des Moines, Iowa. His service number in the US Marines was ___________.
William Rex Dunning
Year x Rank/Event x Status
June, 1946 x Graduated x North High School, Des Moines, IA
June, 1946-
x Schooling? x What did you do for five years before being drafted?
1946-1948 x Employment x Cownie Furs
1949-1950 x Employment x Los Angeles Times
1950-1951 x Employment x Lally's in Des Moines as general office clerk
August, 1951 x US Marines x Drafted. When asked to choose his preferred branch of service, he listed in order (1) Air Force; (2) Army; (3) Navy; (4) Marines. At this time he was given the GCT (General Classifications Test) for abilities and general intelligence and scored so highly that he was chosen to accompany the bunch of new Marine recruits to San Diego for training. When he arrived in Marine Recruiting Depot in San Diego, he was informed that he had achieved the third highest ever score on that test that had ever been recorded in San Diego.
date x US Marines x After basic training, sent to study T38 radar system. Where and when? He spent practically his entire Marine career as an instructor in the T38 radar system and as an advisor to those in the field who installed and repaired the radar system.
1952 x Family x Married Gloria Schaller
November 26, 1953 x US Marines/Sgt x Discharged at MCDS, San Francisco, CA.
November, 1953 x US Marines x Re-enlisted for an additional three years at the Marine Corps Depot of Supplies in San Francisco.
1954-1956 x US Marines x To Naval Base at Norfolk, VA to teach radar systems.
1956 x US Marines/
Staff Sergeant
x Discharged at Norfolk, VA
1957-1958 x Employment x RCA Field Engineering in Norfolk, VA.
1959-1963 x Employment x Raytheon Marine Electronics in Norfolk, Jacksonville, FL and New Orleans
1963-1965 x Employment x Knapp-Monarch in St. Louis
1965-1967 x Employment x Modern Light Company, St. Louis
1967 x Employment x IBM in St. Louis and Kingston, NY, Gaithersburg, MD, and Frankfurt, Germany as programmer
1978 x Family x Married Susan Gruen
1988 x Employment x Retired from IBM in Gaithersburg, MD
June 29, 2012 x Deceased x Gaithersburg, MD
Naval Station, San Diego Naval Station, Norfolk, VA

US Marine Corps Seal

Staff Sergeant Stripes
William Rex Dunning
Staff Sergeant
Hdqtrs., MCRD
US Marine Corps

William Rex Dunning
US Marine Corps Seal

USMC San Diego, CA

   National Defense Service Medal, Good conduct Medal

National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal
The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2018 graduation classes are from Claradell Shedd's North Des Moines High School website. The names of all North High School graduates can be found online at William Rex Dunning's 1946 class page can be viewed at
09/21/11: Lived in MD. Died 06/29/12.
Music: "Semper Fidelis"
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